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First Day: Student Growth Continues at Record Rate

A longtime hotspot for student growth in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Denton ISD maintained that notoriety with large numbers of campuses enrolling students on the first day of the 2019-20 school year.

First day enrollment, Wednesday, Aug. 14, was 29,195 students and climbing. The district had 27,045 students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade on the first day of 2018-19 school year and ended the past school year with 29,586.

“While the growth may seem overwhelming, our Board and community are enacting a plan we’ve been developing for many years to manage this as best we can,” said Dr. Jamie Wilson, superintendent of schools.  

Of note, the district’s new initiative to serve pre-kindergarten students with a full-day program across the district infused campus enrollment with 1,149 new four-year-old students registered at 17 elementary campuses.

“The energy sparked by the addition of four-year-old students on our campuses is palpable,” said Dr. Jamie Wilson, superintendent of schools. “We are so proud that our staff was able to implement this program with such a tight turn around. We are able to staff those spots to offer really high-quality education for our youngest learners – a game-changer for many families.”

Situated in the ninth-fastest growing county in the United States, Denton ISD has consistently ranked among the top five districts in the number of new homes starts and closures for the past five years. That growth has led to the district averaging at least one new school opening since 2008, a trend that continues. 

Union Park Elementary, the ninth campus in the Braswell Zone, opened its doors to 424 learners, most who are new to the Denton ISD community. The 88,674 square foot campus is district’s 24th elementary campus serving grades PreK-5 and serves as a focal point of a 1,100-acre master planned community in Little Elm.

“This week has been like Christmas,” said Kate Szyszko, new first grade teacher at Union Park Elementary. “We moved here three weeks ago, and the support, supplies and resources I’ve received in a short time has been phenomenal.”

The thrill of making new friends and getting back into the groove of learning about a favorite subject was enough for others as students seemed eager to get back into the classroom.

“I’ve met a LOT of people today,” smiled Mila, a first grader at Union Park Elementary. “This place is just awesome.”

Click here to view photos from Denton ISD's 2019 First Day of School.